Longtime Kansas City Chiefs punter Dustin Colquitt is the team’s 2019-20 candidate for the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award.
The award recognizes an NFL player for his excellence on and off the field. Each team nominates one player who has had a significant positive impact on his community. Colquitt’s cause is TeamSmile, which provides children in need with a life-changing dental experience through the power of sports.
“We feel that in 20 minutes, we can kind of change a kid’s trajectory [in life],” Colquitt said, per Matt McMullen of Chiefs dot com. “A lot of these kids come in and they’re hiding what they have going on in their mouths, but when they come here, we can fix anything that they have going on in about 20 to 30 minutes. They come in here and they’re nervous, but when they look in the mirror afterward, it changes their life. You see them dancing and just acting totally different.”
How you can help
Here’s what you need to know:
1. The NFL is hosting its fifth annual charity challenge.
The player whose unique hashtag is used the most between Dec. 12 and Jan. 12 will receive a $25,000 contribution to their charity of choice, while the second and third place finishers will receive $10,000 and $5,000 donations, all courtesy of Nationwide. The name may sound familiar because Kansas City fans pushed Eric Berry to win the challenge four years ago.
2. Colquitt is currently trailing big time.
As of this writing, Cam Newton leads all voting with more than 571,195. Colquitt appears to be below the 82,000 mark.
3. Quarterback Patrick Mahomes and Chiefs fanatic/really famous actor Paul Rudd are pushing for Colquitt to win.
4. Here is how to vote:
You can vote on Twitter by using #WPMOYChallenge AND his name, Colquitt, as beautifully done by the Chiefs here:
You can vote as many times as you would like — all day every day for the next three days. Voting ends on January 12.